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The simple alternative to a timeline

You do not always need a timeline to show how events relate temporally. An alternative method is to use a chronological list of key events. Chronological lists are relatively simple trial graphics and generally have only two parts. The first is a column listing dates in chronological order. The second is a wider column, usually to the right of the first, describing in detail the events that occurred on each of the listed dates.

This standard form tends to be very text-intensive. Unlike a timeline, chronological lists rely more on words than space and symbols. In addition, this type of graphic is a rare example of one that works better printed vertically (in what is called a portrait mode) than horizontally (in what is called a landscape mode), since a vertical frame wastes less space per line.

Chronological lists have a major disadvantage compared to timelines. It is virtually impossible to get jurors to feel how much time passed between events if the dates are set out on a chronological list.

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